Encouragement, loving others

In Sickness and in Health

On a very hot, July day in 1983, I said, "I do" and equally significant, he said, "I do" as well.  We didn't have a clue but we loved each other as best we knew how in that moment.  We were willing to put it all on the line and commit our lives to each… Continue reading In Sickness and in Health

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Encouragement, Following Jesus, Listening to God, loving others

Church {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

As long as I can remember, I've been going to church.  Father's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, Easter ...and all the other Sundays in between.  My Dad was a pastor, my husband is a pastor, and I still love to go to church! I found life in being in community with other believers at church today.… Continue reading Church {Finding Life :: A 30-Day Challenge}

Encouragement, Friendships, Life Decisions, Listening to God, loving others

Friendships {What Really Matters}

A friend and I found ourselves sitting at a funeral home -- bearing witness to the life of a dear friend who was gone way before her time.  And how do you hold on to the family and help them bear the burden  of such a great loss when your own heart is broken and… Continue reading Friendships {What Really Matters}

Encouragement, Friendships, loving others

Fences

Long ago and far away this might have happened to you.  If not, you can always just stop and pray for me. 🙂 Offended. What?  Me?  Not since yesterday, right!! The word itself even ticks me off as I tick off the statements or actions throughout my life that have sent me spiraling into an… Continue reading Fences

Christmas, Encouragement, Faith, Family, Following Jesus, God's Love, Life Decisions, loving others

That Famous After Christmas Question

Before this season ends and the new year begins, I have a little story to tell you... When I was a little girl in elementary school, I vividly remember the question that seemed to come up after every Christmas break ..."What did you get for Christmas?"  I hated dreaded that question.  One teacher went so far… Continue reading That Famous After Christmas Question

Following Jesus, loving others

Racism and a Season of Repentance

  We've reached half-time in the Lenten season and it's time to go into the locker room and get the pep talk to finish well, right!  What were the words again? ...Repent ...Refresh ... and in the words of the Anglican Rector, Rev. Geoffrey Hatley at the Ash Wednesday service --“re-orient our life to Jesus Christ” …to focus… Continue reading Racism and a Season of Repentance

Following Jesus, Life Decisions, Listening to God, loving others, Serving Others, social justice

The Calling to the Back of the Bus {Revisited}

We've been celebrating Black History Month now for --well ...almost a whole month!  I'm late to the party and sadly, I've been late both in "real-time" and in  too much of my "life-time".  God is changing that.  He is changing me!  I'm still learning but I believe there has been movement in the right direction -- the… Continue reading The Calling to the Back of the Bus {Revisited}